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Upgrading iOS is a simple task. Having done this several times, I haven’t encountered any issues. Unfortunately, not everyone’s upgrade goes smoothly. By following an upgrade process, you can minimize risk and make sure none of your personal data are lost. This article details best practices for upgrading iOS.
Should You Upgrade?
Although I haven’t experienced any problems upgrading my iPhone or iPad, it isn’t a bulletproof process. If you rely on your iOS device for work, you may want to wait before upgrading. Your device may be supplied by your employer. If this is the case, check with your IT department before upgrading.
If you have multiple iOS devices, upgrade the non-essential one first. I always upgrade my iPad and try it out for a few days. If there aren’t any major issues, I’ll upgrade my iPhone. While this doesn’t guarantee that my iPhone will upgrade smoothly, it does provide some insight as to the stability of the release.
When you upgrade to a new iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, it is a good idea to keep the older device. You can use the device to test iOS updates. In fact, an old iPhone with its cellular data plan disabled is practically the same thing as an iPod Touch. It’s better to keep your old iPhone than sell it or throw it out.
Always do your homework before committing to an upgrade. Search the web for information about the upgrade, but put it in perspective. There are hundreds of millions of iOS users. Some people report issues after upgrading, but sometimes these are coincidental. The iPhone is sold throughout the world. Someone in the U.S. on Verizon or AT&T may have a different experience with an upgrade than someone in another country. Appledystopia is a good source of information about iOS upgrades. In addition to my own experience, there are comments from many users around the world detailing their issues.
Before You Upgrade
Once you upgrade, you cannot rollback to a previous version of iOS. This is unfortunate and something I wish Apple would change. I have never needed to rollback iOS, however, there are a few people who upgrade and have major problems. It seems like good customer relations to allow people to downgrade iOS. Although you can’t back out of an iOS upgrade, it’s a good idea to back up your device before proceeding. A few users report losing photos or contacts after upgrading.
Before you backup, take a moment to capture screen shots of your most important settings. The backup should capture your settings, but it may not have these for third-party (non-Apple) apps. To take a screen shot, simply hold the top power button and click the home button. This needs to be done quickly, or it will just lock your screen. You should hear a camera shutter sound when the screen shot is taken. The screen shot will be saved to your camera roll. This is just a precaution. Your apps will be in the same state after the upgrade. (continue…)